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"True Blue" Impatiens

Impatiens namchabarwensis

Impatiens namchabarwensis

 

Pot size -- You can start your plant in a 1/2 to 1 gallon pot. 

Soil -- Like most Impatiens, this one likes well-draining soil.  A typical mix is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part perlite or coarse horticultural sand.

Transplanting -- Transplant carefully to avoid damaging the delicate roots.  After transplanting, water it until moist.  Don't pack the soil down.  Give no liquid fertilizer the first month.

Watering -- Try to keep the soil evenly moist, but avoid keeping it constantly saturated. 

Lighting -- It likes dappled sun or morning sun + bright shade, with protection from strong afternoon sun.    Start your plant in bright, filtered light, and gradually increase the light as it grows bigger, watching for possible wilting or burning. 

Climate -- It grows best between 50 and 85 degrees F (10-29C), with nights that are cool.  It reportedly can tolerate warmer conditions with warm nights, although i cannot guarantee it.  The foliage might be able to tolerate a light, brief frost, but it is best to protect the plant from all frost.  Over about 40% humidity is best. 

Fertilizing -- Your Impatiens likes average amounts of fertilizer.  Feed about every 2 months with an all-purpose fertilizer that contains micronutrients. 

Pruning --  You may cut back unwanted branches if desired.  Try not to remove too many branches at one time.

Pests to watch for -- Watch for any pests that may affect your other plants. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me. 

Enjoy your plant!

- Jeff

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